Jon Stewart returned to the airwaves last night, following a long vacation during which he missed several major news stories. Stewart devoted the majority of his show Tuesday to the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, and how he believes many in the media are missing the point.
Stewart said it’s foolish for commentators to accuse African Americans of race-baiting.
“Do you not understand that life in this country is inherently different for white people than black people?” he asked.
Months after Fox News’s extensive coverage of the “War on Christmas,” Stewart said its hosts are being hypocritical by getting so angry at something that primarily impacts white people, while criticizing something like Ferguson that primarily impacts black people as “race baiting.”
He then went on to recap a recent encounter that a “Daily Show” corespondent and producer had while walking to conduct an interview. The white producer, dressed up as a homeless elf, and the black corespondent, dressed in a tailored suit, encountered a police officer who stopped the well-dressed African-American corespondent.
This, Stewart believes, speaks to a reality that some people don’t understand.
“That sh*t happens all the time, all of it. Race is there and it is a constant,” Stewart said.
“You’re tired of hearing about it? Imagine how f*cking exhausting it is living it,” he added.